We have been keeping a close eye on the growth of Great Gulf Homes' landmark One Bloor East development, which has been rising steadily from the southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor ever since the first tower floors were poured above the podium back in May. In just five months, we have witnessed the Hariri Pontarini-designed condominium tower rise from seven storeys to thirty storeys in height, a six storey jump from our last visit to the site in mid-September.

One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoOne Bloor East climbing into the Bloor-Yorkville skyline, image by victord66

A 30-storey tower would have been impressive on its own a decade ago, but in these sky-scraping times, many enthusiasts can relish the thought that the current 30-storey height is merely two fifths, or 40% of the tower's final height of 75 storeys.

One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoOne Bloor East viewed from the west side of Yonge, south of Bloor, image by Jack Landau

Installation of exterior finishes has made quite a bit of progress as well, and since our last visit, the tower's reflective curtain wall glazing has moved up to the tower section, where a section of curtain wall of varying width will snake upwards on each façade between balcony sections. 

One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoOne Bloor East viewed from the northwest corner of Yonge and Bloor, image by Jack Landau

Balcony glass installation is also making significant progress, and the balconies above One Bloor's Yonge Street frontage are now largely covered by the translucent white-fritted glass. 

One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoBalcony glass on the west side of One Bloor East's podium, image by Jack Landau

A closer look at this balcony glazing reveals that the curves are being executed with actual curved panes of glass, eschewing the cheaper route of building curves incrementally with several flat, differently angled panes.

One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoBalcony glass on the west side of One Bloor East, image by Jack Landau

If the tower's growth rate, which exceeds now six floors per month, is maintained, we can expect to see One Bloor East overtake its high-rise neighbours on the northeast and northwest corners of Yonge and Bloor by the end of Fall. 

One Bloor East, Great Gulf Homes, Hariri Pontarini Architects, TorontoOne Bloor East viewed from the south on Yonge Street, image by Jack Landau

UrbanToronto contributors and staff will no doubt continue to keep a close eye on this development as it continues its climb onto the Bloor-Yorkville skyline. If you want more now, additional information and renderings can be found in our One Bloor East dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave your comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.